Estimated Wild Population
Mandarin ducks are sexually dimorphic, meaning males and females differ in appearance. Males are very colorful—they have a dark purple chest with black and white stripes, brown wings with a bue-green edge, and a long brown and white crown. Their coloration helps them attract less-colorful females, which have brownish-black plumage with white markings around their eyes and throat. Both males and females have thin, flat feet, which allows them to paddle through water.
Interesting Fact 1
Mandarin ducks have been referenced as a symbol of loyalty in ancient Chinese and Japanese philosophy.
Interesting Fact 2
Pairs often remain together for several breeding seasons and build nests in tree holes up to 30 feet above the ground.
Interesting Fact 3
Soon after hatching, ducklings leap from their high nesting holes in response to their mother's call.
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